Arts & Crafts at Camp
Arts and Crafts have been a cornerstone of summer camp programming since its inception in the late 1800’s. We offer many traditional camp crafts like friendship bracelets, candle dipping and tie dye. But, we also offer more technical crafts, that allow campers to develop and try to master a skill. These include pottery, ceramics, culinary arts and photography. Depending on a campers passion for arts and crafts, they can try a single arts and crafts class, or explore more by signing up for one of our week long courses.
Look below for a list of our arts & crafts related courses and classes.
Whether you enjoy working on the wheel or forming your own original sculpture, working with clay can be a very rewarding experience. Campers have the opportunity to let their imaginations soar as they learn to create wonderful works of art. During the week long course, campers will learn to use our slab roller, extruder, and the pottery wheels as they create with clay.
Tile Making - Campers will use our slab roller to flatten a ball of clay. They'll use sculpting tools to cut, shape, and decorate a personalized tile.
Pinch Pots - Starting with a ball of clay, campers will use a pinching method to create a simple form of hand made pottery called a "pinch pot". Creativity is encouraged as campers can create anything from creatures to jewelry dishes!
Coil Pots - The "Coiling" technique used to make these creations, dates way back to Ancient Greece! Campers will roll out long, cylindrical tubes of clay, then coiling them into pots gradually stacking and joining coils of clay one on top of the other.
Slab Construction - Using the things learned in "Tile Making", campers will create slabs and place them together to make a larger object. Building pottery using slabs of clay is a unique way to create shapes that couldn't be made with a potter's wheel.
Wheel Throwing - Learn how to use the pottery wheel to make your own bowl, cup, plate and more! Wheel Throwing is also offered as a course for campers who would like to spend time learning how to perfect the art of the pottery wheel!
Our ceramics studio is equipped with its own slip table and dozens of ceramic molds. In the ceramics course, campers can learn to pour a mold, trim and fire their greenware (unfired pottery), and glaze their sculpture! At the end of the week, they will have a piece of artwork to take home. Campers who don’t want a full week of ceramics' fun can choose to drop by for an hour of ceramic painting.
Ceramic Mold Pouring - On the first day of the ceramics course, campers choose what piece of ceramic they would like to paint and fire. This ceramic mold has already been poured and dried, but they will need to replace the one they took! We allow them to pour a replacement mold of the one they chose so a future ceramic student can choose the same.
Greenware Trimming - When a mold is poured, it needs time to fit and take the shape of the mold before removal. Campers will learn how to remove the poured clay from the mold, trim up the edges, then allow it to dry and become a piece ready to paint.
Ceramic Painting - Each camper will paint a ceramic sculpture of their choosing during the week. Painting takes a lot of patience, so this is a great way for campers to spend time centered and relaxed. We love seeing what they create!
Ceramic Firing - After painting their masterpiece, campers will learn how to load their artwork into the kiln! The Kiln process requires a lot of practice, so the Instructor will be making sure the kiln is loaded properly. Campers will learn about the history of Kilns and the multiple uses for them in different cultures and in history.
Many crafts have an amazing historical background with great traditions in the camp world, too! In Nature and Cultural Crafts, campers explore some ancient and evolved crafts with a summer camp twist.
Origami - The art of paper folding has a rich history is Japanese Culture. Campers will learn the modern forms of Origami by making folded paper animals, flowers, and even 3-d objects.
Paper Making - The first papermaking process was documented in China! From China it spread across Asia and into Europe and Africa. At Cub Creek, campers use shredded recycled paper, dryer lint and dry leaves while recreating the paper making process.
Rope Making - The use of rope dates back to Prehistoric times, but the Egyptians may have been the first to develop tools to make rope from different fibers. At camp, we use an antique rope making machine and baling twine to construct a strong rope!
Candle Dipping - Candles made from animal fats have been dated back to be used by the Romans. In this class, campers will be learning more about the techniques of creating a candle - in particular the dipping method. Starting with a wick, campers will and dip it back and forth between different colors of melted wax to create their own candle.
Dream Catchers and Talking Sticks - With deep roots in indigenous North American culture, both Dream Catchers and talking sticks have rich histories. Campers learn about the history of these two iconic crafts while creating versions of their own.
Animal Masks - Used for entertainment, disguise, and performance art, masks have an incredible history. Campers learn about masks of different cultures while making their own animal mask with plaster and acrylic paint.
In this course, campers will make a variety of culinary delights. With little science lessons intertwined with the course, campers are learning about the science behind cooking while making delicious treats!
Monkey Muffins - Using a premade dough, the campers will mix up a caramel glaze using butter and brown sugar. We'll discuss the process of caramelization and the difference between all the temperature scales.
Oreo Balls - In this class, campers talk about the phase transition of liquid to solid with the process of freezing. When it's Oreo Ball day in Culinary Science, everyone is asking their Culinary friends to bring them back some (even the Directors stop by!).
Ice Cream - Exothermic reactions are chemical reactions that release heat. When campers make ice cream in this class, they see how this reaction works in a delicious way!
Pretzels - In this class, campers make their own dough with flour, water, sugar, salt , and yeast. They talk about the process of allowing the dough to rise and the chemical reaction that sugar has with yeast to create the gas that makes it swell!
French Toast - This is a fun and delicious way to talk about all the things that make up the components of French Toast. Campers will talk about the different kinds of sugars and the proteins that are being transformed in the cooking process.
Learn how to photograph animals, people, and scenery with ease! In this course, campers venture out into camp with a camera and endless possibilities. Each day has an objective to help campers get an eye for photography. At the end of this week long course, campers will take a home a CD with all the pictures from their course!
Photography 101 - Learn the fascinating history of the camera and photograph by building your own "Camera Obscura"! Campers will then dive into the basics of taking a great picture.
Nature's Alphabet - This is a photographer's hide and seek. The group will look for the shapes of letters out in nature and photograph them. By finding a "Y" in the shape of a tree, or an "O" in the shape of a puddle, find all 26 letters of the alphabet by the end of class!
Tricky Pics - It's all about perspective. Learn how to make the impossible happen by tricking the eye and camera with these fun and funny pictures. Campers will think of creative pictures to take and pose with their friends in this class.
360 Shoot - In this class, campers take a look at the power of panoramic shots and how to create them without the help of technology. They'll learn how to use a steady hand to capture a full landscape with several pictures.
Uploading, editing and storing photos - At the end of the day, photographers have to select their best pictures to present for a portfolio. Campers will go over their photos from the week, choose their best, and create a portfolio on a disc drive to share with their peers.
Additional Arts & Craft Classes
We have SO many arts and craft classes available at camp! Camp classics like Tie Dye and Friendship Bracelets live here because they are available multiple times a week as classes not associated with a course. New and different Arts and Crafts are offered every summer. The possibilities are endless!
Tie Dying - How can anyone think of camp and not think tie-dye?! Bring a white t-shirt or anything else white and we'll make it campy in this traditional summer camp arts and crafts class.
Friendship Bracelets - Make one for yourself and share one with a friend! This camp class is iconic and allows campers a chance to create something that is a memory keeper while gain skills in a traditional art. Advance your skills with Advanced Friendship Bracelets that teaches campers how to make really complex patterns!
Wonder Knitters - This knitting technique is a great way to relax the mind! Campers can take this class to make a long knitted chain that they can use to jazz up their camp nametag!
Rubber Stamps - Stamp carving is an intricate skill that has applicable uses! Campers take this class to learn how to create unique and awesome stamps to stamp on letters and envelopes!
Beady Buddies - Create animals by stringing together colorful beads. Show off your work by attaching a keychain and displaying your beady buddy on your bag or name tag! For a more intricate craft, try "Seedy Buddies"! These beads are so small they fit on a safety pin!
Fimo Pens - Use polymer clay that bakes hard and create intricate patterns on the outside of a pen. Campers enjoy the process of creating a unique pen to carry around in their name tag!
Lanyards - Braid plastic lacing into some amazing patterns to create keychains, a zipper-pull or necklaces. Show off your skills by taking Advanced Lanyards when you've perfected the simple lanyards!
Melty Beads - Use your creativity to make a color piece of work. Like the art of "Pointillism", campers create works of art with small colorful dots.
Shrinky Dinks - Using shrinking transparent sheets, campers draw something fantastic and watch it shrink as they cook it in a small toaster oven! The creation is a wonderful memory keeper or a perfect gift for a friend!
Did you think that was it? We have plenty of other classes and courses offered in science, adventure, arts & crafts, nature and even more! Click the button to your right to explore more.